Steerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

Zac Goldsmith, No. 10's rapid rebuttal service

1 May 2021 8:12 pm

It’s a tough gig defending this government. So tough in fact that the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson Allegra Stratton left…

A politician's guide to non-denial denials

28 April 2021 4:50 pm

Michael Gove was deployed to the Commons on Monday afternoon to answers questions on the ministerial code, an hour-long appearance…

Merkel's vaccine nationalism threatens India

23 April 2021 9:56 pm

You might have thought that Europe’s leaders would be wary of handing Brussels greater powers, given the various mishaps of the…

Pollster consistently overstated Scottish independence support

22 April 2021 4:24 pm

Few events are as eagerly anticipated in Scotland as the release of a bombshell new poll. Unionists and nationalists eagerly…

Has the shine come off Saint Jacinda?

20 April 2021 7:47 pm

For a short time it seemed as if Jacinda Ardern, the popular premier of New Zealand, could do no wrong…

Now even Richard Dawkins is cancelled by the humanists

20 April 2021 7:29 pm

For years, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins enjoyed the acclaim and approval heaped upon him by universities and institutes across the…

China's belt and road to nowhere

20 April 2021 1:26 am

Sinoscepticism is on the rise in Parliament, with China’s controversial ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ increasingly being the subject of attention…

Trudeau's Canada hit by Covid third wave

16 April 2021 2:39 am

It was just two days ago that Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was claiming in his country’s parliament that Britain was ‘facing a…

Labour’s union trouble

15 April 2021 11:40 pm

It’s arguably been a good week for Labour, as the Tory party becomes more and more implicated in the Greensill…

Trudeau claims Britain faces 'very serious third wave'

14 April 2021 8:21 pm

Steerpike was surprised to learn this morning that the UK is facing a ‘very serious third wave’ – not from…

Now even Nick Clegg turns on Brussels

13 April 2021 6:44 pm

The last four months have not been a happy time for those in power in Brussels. The unedifying squabbles over…

Simon McCoy's warning shot to the Beeb

12 April 2021 3:55 pm

It was just a fortnight ago that the BBC’s grumpiest new presenter Simon McCoy announced he was off to join…

Prince Philip's best public encounters

12 April 2021 3:13 am

Prince Philip’s death on Friday has led to an outpouring of tributes over the weekend, often prompted by personal recollections…

The Lib Dems' campaigning loophole

12 April 2021 12:16 am

Following the sad news on Friday of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey tweeted out his condolences writing…

The wit and wisdom of Prince Philip

9 April 2021 11:15 pm

After 74 years of marriage to the Queen, Prince Philip has today died at the age of 99. During his…

Prince Philip: a round up of tributes

9 April 2021 9:21 pm

After a long life of public service, Prince Philip has died at the age of 99. Below is Steerpike’s rolling…

The Northern Independence Party’s Hartlepool woes

9 April 2021 5:20 pm

Oh dear, it all seemed to be going so well for the ‘Northern Independence Party’, a Corbynite breakaway outfit standing…

Keir Starmer’s church trip backfires

3 April 2021 9:18 pm

Monday will officially mark a ‘Year of Keir’ as Starmer celebrates the first anniversary of his election as Labour leader.…

Stacey Abrams tells London: yes we Khan

1 April 2021 6:09 am

Sadiq Khan is all set to win by a landslide in London, so why not allow a failed election candidate…

Will Lindsay get his chariot back?

31 March 2021 1:00 am

As Speaker, John Bercow could never be accused of underselling his position. During his tenure the diminutive parliamentarian attracted criticism…

Is Macron the new Trump?

30 March 2021 10:17 pm

For the last three months journalists across the world have been missing the curious mix of bombast, arrogance, untruths and showmanship…

The Sun sets on toxic masculinity

30 March 2021 12:53 am

The Sun newspaper has been on an interesting journey in recent years, ditching its page three girls, drawing up a…

Cambridge comes unstuck on Winnie the Pooh

29 March 2021 9:14 pm

Oh dear. Over the weekend, Cambridge University’s Twitter account celebrated the graduation of its most recent cohort with some pearls…

France accuses Britain of vaccine 'blackmail'

27 March 2021 3:17 am

In some ways you have to admire the sheer shamelessness of the French government. To spend the start of the…

Prince Albert's royal reprimand to the Sussexes

26 March 2021 10:23 pm

Oh dear. While the various bombshells Harry and Megahn rained down on the House of Windsor n their Oprah Winfrey…